Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Playing Fair

“Characters should be introduced early in the story.” -- James A. Janke in Fiction Writing Tips
I’m writing this post wearing my editor’s hat. One of my pet peeves is when an author waits until the last three paragraphs to introduce a character, sometimes the antagonist. This isn’t playing fair with the reader, nor is it fair to the character. I read somewhere that all the characters in a story should be mentioned by the end of the first third of the prose. I like that idea. If I can’t craft a story in a way that introduces all the important characters early on, perhaps I shouldn’t write it.

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